May 24, 2011
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Kansas State had four players earn all-conference accolades from the Big 12 coaches as the Big 12 Conference announced its postseason awards Tuesday at the 2011 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship.
Junior relief pitcher James Allen earned first-team honors, junior third baseman Jason King and freshman outfielder Jared King were named to the second team, and junior outfielder Nick Martini was placed on the honorable mention squad. The Wildcats have placed at least four players on the all-conference teams for three straight seasons.
Allen's designation marks the third-straight season the Wildcats have had a first-team honoree and he is the sixth player named to the first team since 2007. Jared King is the first Wildcat freshman named either first- or second-team all-conference since Andy Replogle in 1973. In addition, Jared King was also earned a spot on the Big 12 All-Freshman Team.
Allen, who holds K-State records for single-season and career saves (29), ended the regular season with a 3-1 record and 15 saves to go along with a 1.46 ERA. Allen enters Big 12 Championship play ranked second in the Big 12 in saves.
Jason King earned the second All-Big 12 honor of his career after being named honorable mention as a sophomore in 2009. The redshirt junior ended the regular season with a .311 batting average with 56 RBI and 10 home runs to rank second and third in the Big 12, respectively. The Dublin, Ohio, product holds the K-State records for both career (29) and single-season (22) sacrifice flies, and his 22 career home runs is tied for 10th. His 33 extra-base hits this season ties him for third-most in school history as he has tallied 17 doubles to tie for fourth in the Big 12 and six triples to tie for third in the conference.
Jared King, who had his season ended last weekend because of injury, held a .314 batting average with eight home runs and 40 RBI. He paced the Cats in Big 12 play with a .333 mark, which was 11th in the conference and third among freshmen. He led all Big 12 freshmen in home runs and finished the regular-season tied for eighth in the Big 12 in homers.
Martini became the first Wildcat since Pat Maloney (2001-03) to earn three-straight all-conference honors. The junior led the squad with a .343 batting average after hitting .417 over the final 16 games of the regular season to raise his average 26 points. The Crystal Lake, Ill., native ranks in the top 10 of 11 Kansas State career categories, including batting average, hits, doubles, RBI, stolen bases and walks. The outfielder sits in the top 10 of the Big 12 in seven offensive categories entering play at the Big 12 Championship.
The Wildcats have totaled 17 all-conference honorees over the past three years. Since head coach Brad Hill's first season in 2004, Kansas State has had 30 players named All-Big 12.
Kansas State, the No. 6 seed for the 2011 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship, will face third-seeded Oklahoma at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday at RedHawks Field at Bricktown in the first game of Division Two play for both teams. The double-elimination format continues on Thursday with the Wildcats facing either No. 2 seed Texas A&M or No. 7 seed Texas Tech at either 12:30 p.m., or 7:30 p.m.